Tax On High Seas
The Council took up the demand of coastal states that GST be levied on trade of goods within 12 nautical miles offshorein its 8th GST Council meeting held on 03.01.2017
“Right now Gujarat, Karnataka, Kerala, Odisha, Maharashtra, West Bengal and many states are charging VAT or sales tax within 12 nautical miles (offshore). For example, when a ship is loaded with oil or products, the tax on that is charged by the states… Some states earn Rs 600 crore and Gujarat has Rs 1,200 crore of taxes coming from this source,” West Bengal Finance Minister Amit Mitra said.
Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has suggested seeking legal opinion from the law ministry if a constitutional issue arises, Mitra added.
“All coastal states, irrespective of parties, said we must have 12 nautical miles within the state jurisdiction, whereas the draft IGST law was looking at having taxation rights with the Centre,” Mitra told reporters.